DETROIT – With the All-Star break behind them the Wings now have to focus on playing better on the road.
And they’ve got four games over the next seven days to try and do so beginning Tuesday night in Calgary.
“It would have been nice to open up at home, but we’ve got another week-long trip here so we might as well do it right away,” Nicklas Lidstrom said. “It’s going to be a pretty hectic schedule here for awhile so it’ll be good to get going tomorrow.
“We know we have to have a better road record so we’ve got to start playing better,” Lidstrom added. “Starting off on the road might be good.”
On the road this season the Wings are one-game under .500, 13-14-0.
“We’ve got a few chances here,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “We’ll have a good start tomorrow, and hopefully, we’ll win a few more games and figure it out.
“I think we’re giving the other teams too many easy chances to score,” Zetterberg continued. “Normally, we play solid enough defense. When we don’t do that, it’s tough to win games.”
At home they will carry a franchise-record 17-game winning streak when they host the Edmonton Oilers a week from Wednesday.
“We’ve got to get back to playing like we do at home,” Jimmy Howard said. “It’s as simple as that, paying attention to detail on the road. To be able to have success on the road you’ve got to play a full 60 minutes.”
After playing in Calgary Tuesday, the Wings travel to Vancouver (Thursday), Edmonton (Saturday) and Phoenix (Monday).